Aimee and Ezra

How We Met

Ezra and I met while lifeguarding in the summer of 2010. After a few weeks of working together, I developed a crush and made my move. We were arguing about what movie character was on a kite in the distance. We had binoculars to confirm who was right, but before checking, I made a bet with him. If he was wrong, he had to take me out dinner. If I was wrong, I had to take him out to dinner. Win-win for me! He agreed, I won the bet, and he took me out to dinner.

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This was the only photo we got together that summer!

We dated for the summer but when college came in the fall we decided to go our separate ways. We kept in touch a little but both ending up dating other people that year. I deleted Ezra’s number so I wouldn’t be tempted to contact him, but every six months or so he would reach out to me and say “hi.” We’d text a little and then I wouldn’t hear from him again for another 6 months. This went on until May of 2012, when we were both single again and finally went on our second first date.

For two years he was the one who got away- but we found our way back and have been together ever since.

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How They Asked

Ezra and I decided to embark on a world tour in August of 2018. We traveled for 10 months to Europe, SE Asia, and South America. Prior to the trip, I had been pressuring him to get engaged. We had been together for 6 years and I felt ready to take the next step. But when we decided to travel I knew getting engaged would be put on hold- but he had a plan.

Towards the end of our trip, while staying in Cotopaxi National Park, Ezra asked me to come to take a silly photo of him on some giant hammocks. I didn’t think much of it because he occasionally has creative photo ideas and asks me to do this.

Once there, Ezra was acting strange. He wouldn’t tell me his photo idea and seemed really antsy. He was waiting for people who were lounging on the hammocks to get up. Once they did, he asked me to go on the hammock. Now I was confused because I thought I was taking a photo of him. Then he handed my camera off to a random guy and asked him to take a photo of us. Now I was REALLY confused. Ezra got on the hammock too and asked me to stand up- which wasn’t an easy feat. As soon as I did, he got down on one knee and pulled out a family ring I knew my dad had put aside for him. I was so shocked the first thing I said was, “What are you doing?!” But I quickly figured it out and of course said “yes” when he asked me to marry him. We then got a round of applause from a group of onlookers and they all congratulated us.

Where he proposed is supposed to be a beautiful view of a snow-capped volcano- but sadly the weather didn’t cooperate with us.

I was in shock for the rest of the night. We didn’t have any WiFi at the national park so we had to wait until the next day to tell our friends and family. But Ezra had told our families before heading into the park that he was planning on proposing so they were expecting our call when we arrived in Quito the next day.

I couldn’t believe he had carried the ring around in his backpack for the past 9 months! What if it had been lost? Or stolen? I then found out he actually had the ring since November 2017 and had been waiting for the right moment. When we decided to travel, he knew he wanted to propose when we were getting close to the end so we wouldn’t have to wait too long to celebrate with our friends and family!